On the second weekend of October 2008, four individuals (Jim Lewis, Chris Bucher, Eric Bucher and Brooks Fetters) launched what now has become a fall and spring tradition. Little did we know that the fun we had that weekend would be so contagious and lead to meaningful relationships between countless individuals.

The group enjoying some of Mary Marty’s homemade chili after a “brisk” 48 mile ride along the Allegheny River.

This past weekend, seven riders took to the rail trails of northwestern PA along the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers, pedaling 100 miles over three days. We saw beautiful colors of changing leaves, smelled the fragrance of pines, watched the river waters sparkle and ate delicious food. Given the rainy conditions of the weekend, we took time to run down to Pittsburg to see our friend, Craig Morrow and his fabulous business – Bicycle Heaven!

Steve Hackler, Rob Blackham, Bill McKenzie, Jon Blackham, Dave Marty and Jim Lewis

Our base of operations is the Jonas L. Mull Family Homestead (circa 1850) in Venango County PA. We enjoyed rides on the Sandy Creek Trail, the Armstrong Trail and the Allegheny Trail this trip.

Brooks, Dave and Jim along the Allegheny with the Belmar Bridge in the background
Orang in his natural element – STS Custom bikes are the Cadillac of touring bikes!
Duckpin bowling in the basement of the Emlenton Brew Haus, circa 1910!
Steve aka “StrikeKing” Hackler lining up his next knockdown.
Bill McKinzie – professional pin setter!
Bill and Rob at Lock 8 on the Allegheny River Armstrong Trail